(Who's a pretty boy?)
(Still open to public, now run by Audubon Society)
I headed out early to visit San Pedro House and its surroundings. As it was Saturday I expected it to be very busy. Naturally, just after sunrise it was quiet and I followed the trail arriving back at the house two hours later to find only two cars.
Guess where the river is?
San Pedro House
A fabulous mixture of habitats, great birds and not many people!
Warblers were everywhere. Yellow W, Townsend’s W and Common Yellowthroat were
common but not in the same numbers as Wilson’s.
There was very little water in the river but two of the pools were full of
stagnant water and the course of the river was lined with huge Cottonwood Trees
sowing there was some water a little way underground. The rest of the area was
flat open desert/mesquite. I headed back out for a second circuit and was
rewarded with new birds but it got very hot near lunchtime. (There were also
far too many people about … six cars in the car park.)
Common Ground Dove
The site guide suggested similar habitats at
and this Hereford Bridge
was a nice shaded spot and no cars ;-) .
My final stop was at the Water Treatment Plant. This was amazing, special facilities for birders. Road signs indicate places suitable for birding (brown squares with white binoculars).